Shikoku Preservation Update & T-Shirt Order

Over the pass few months we have made great progress with raising up money for the importation of a Shikoku Ken into the US.  Currently we have raised up $1,450 between donations and auctions.  This is not enough to bring in a puppy yet, but as we continue to work together we’ll be able to bring in a puppy in no time.  Auctions will start back up next week, so keep an eye out for them.

We are also looking for homes for the future imports, so anyone who has questions or would like to take part in raising up a Shikoku Ken that may potentially be bred in the future can email a request for an import application to  Some preference will be given to those who has had previous dog experience.


We will be placing another order of club t-shirts at the end of June, for a $30 donation you can get the NASC logo on both sides, with the front being on the left breast pocket side.  Shipping is included in the donation so ordering several t-shirts will allow for us to apply more of the donation towards our Preservation Effort. Made of a light cotton based fabric, these t-shirts are incredibly comfortable and stylish.  To be included in this t-shirt order, please have your donation sent via Paypal to by Saturday, June 30th. When sending your t-shirt donation, please specify your desired size and if it is for a man, woman, or child. Click here to see a sizing chart.  Also be sure to include the address you would like it shipped to.


Shikoku Ken Show Strongly at America’s Family Pet Expo, Costa Mesa, CA

2012 OC Pet Expo

Shoushuu and Kurenai

On April 20-22, the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA was teeming with hundreds of pet lovers as they descended upon America’s Family Pet Expo. The Shikoku Ken has been well represented at this expo but it all began in 2008 with the sole efforts of Corina Gonzalez of Airreyalis Kennels showing her black-sesame (kurogoma) male, Shoushuu. One year later, she added her female, Kotomi and soldiered on to represent Shikoku Ken at the Pet Expo for the next 2 years.

2011 Blog Post on Shikoku Ken from the Daily Toki

In 2011, the representative Shikoku Ken doubled in population as Shuran and Kurenai joined the ranks. People continued to stop in awe at their striking coat and were entranced by their sanguine disposition. With the growing support of the group being bolstered by NASC and, 2012 was the biggest representation of Shikoku yet as 5 dogs showed up to represent the breed: Shoushuu, Kotomi, Kurenai, and Sakura of Airreyalis Kennels and Kaiju, a sesame (goma) imported from Japan with the assistance of Yamabushi Kennels.

I was able to attend on Saturday and was greeted with a pack of dogs greater than I had ever seen before since the history of Shikoku Ken showing at America’s Family Pet Expo. Four Kai Ken, two Kishu Ken, and the five Shikoku Ken were assembled as a culmination of the efforts of NASC and to assist and educate Southern California’s Pet Expo attendees of 3 of the 4 spitz-type Japanese breeds that are book-ended by their more popular kinsmen, the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu.

NASC member, Theresa Dinh, did a great job in designing a great handout to spectators as they stopped by the booths. Special thanks to Julie Vu and her brother-in-law, Robert Archey of Print5k for assisting in the production of the handouts. Theresa created an info card of the 4 medium-sized breeds (chu-ken) that could also be cut up to be used as bookmarks. Click on the links to view the front and back.

Many people came by and asked about the Shikoku and the other breeds, “Are they mixed?”, “Are they a new breed?”, “How come I’ve never heard about them?” “How are their temperments?” and, my personal favorite, “How much do they cost?”. Our members stood firm and diplomatic regarding the information about the breed (though the day wore out even the hardiest of road warriors and veterans). But our explanation was something along the lines of the following:

The Shikoku (and the other 3 breeds) are breeds that were borne for a specific purpose (hunting big game) for their specific region. The Shikoku were developed in relative isolation in the Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku, and consequently are rare and less known even to some of their own countrymen.

…But you know this already otherwise you wouldn’t be on this site.

Regardless, the show was an excellent platform to elevate the exposure of the breed. We were very proud of all the Shikoku doing what they do best (playing “hard” and looking adorable doing it).